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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:51 pm 
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Hey guys... I posted on here when I was 10 weeks pregnant. Well I am now into my 33rd week of pregnancy and taking 16mg of buprenorphine daily. My due date is about 7 weeks away and I am terrified. I feel like a bad mother already=(. I prey that she doesn't have to suffer any withdrawal symptoms. The hospital in my town does not have a nicu so I am really wondering on what to do. I am also scared that the nurses will automatically judge me and brush any little symptom off as NAS when in reality it might be normal newborn behavior. I am also not confident with how they will treat her if they think she has nas. I don't want her on methadone or morphine! I read some stories on here but I'm still feeling scared and anxious. Sorry just need to vent =(


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Vent away! I'm sure it's very stressful to have so many question marks associated with your baby's birth. Are you still with the specialist you were seeing at 16 weeks? Are you still feeling good about that doctor and his knowledge of suboxone and pregnancy? I have no way of knowing whether your baby will show any symptoms of NAS, but I suggest that you learn everything there is to know about NAS. Politely demand that you be present when they check your baby for signs. Learn the rights and options you have in your state as it pertains to NAS symptoms in newborns.

I know it's very difficult, but try really hard not to let yourself be too stressed out. The stress hormones you create pass to your baby. If you can avoid that by calmly thinking positive thoughts, do so.

I'm pulling for you! Please keep us informed on how you're doing!

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Thank you for your kind words. I was feeling pretty positive until I got a phone from a family member last night, they didn't mean to upset me but it did. Last time I saw that specialist or whatever he is was when I was 18 weeks and 5 days to do the anatomy scan and everything checked out just fine. This is when we found out it was a girl=)

I don't know if I feel confident in the hospital here as they do not have a NICU. I could drive to a different city to deliver that has one but my plan was to deliver here. My OB and the specialist think it's fine that I deliver in my town. But what if she does have w/d symptoms and they feel like she needs to go to the other hospital and I get separated from her =(??? There is just so much to worry about, I wish I didn't have to deal with any of this. Believe me I am so blessed with this pregnancy but I just wish that I was off this drug. I feel like a horrible mother already. Please pray for my little one!


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Family members! You can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em, but you CAN screen their calls and let them go to voicemail! lol

I will pray for you and your baby, but I'm not going to sit here and let you think that you're a horrible mother! You have a disease that you are treating with a medication! That is nowhere near being in a fog of drug abuse and not even caring about your child! You had the wherewithal to stop abusing drugs and find help for yourself! Every day that you are taking care of yourself, and taking your medication, is a day that you are putting your child first! Don't let that negative voice in your head (or in your relative's mouth) talk down to you. In order for your child to have a sense of self-esteem, she needs to see you modeling how to feel good about yourself. I think you need to start writing down some positive things about yourself, and reading them out loud every day. For example:v

"I am determined to make a great life for me and my baby!" or "I am doing a great job of staying off drugs for my family."

It is hard to block out our negative inner voice, but you have to do it for your daughter. She will need you to be the best you can be!

I don't think a baby needs to be in a NICU to receive great care. I'm sure your OB and your specialist are right that the hospital can handle your baby's needs.

Keep up the good work!

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